The Top 10 Stories of March 31, 2011
Quote of the day.
"Markets don't work in the way they are supposed to unless there are some well-enforced rules." - Elizabeth Warren, in charge of establishing the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, speaking to the Chamber of Commerce.
(New York Times)
1. Churches rebounding from recession.
"Churches have begun to rebound financially with more seeing increases in giving, a new survey found. Forty-three percent of churches saw giving go up in 2010."
2. CIA ops in Libya.
"The Central Intelligence Agency has inserted clandestine operatives into Libya to gather intelligence for military airstrikes and to contact and vet the beleaguered rebels battling Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's forces."
(New York Times)
3. Budget negotiations begin.
"After weeks of arguing, Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill began negotiations Wednesday on a possible budget agreement that would slash federal spending by as much as $33 billion and avert a government shutdown."
4. Washington partisan wars infect state capitals.
"In capital after state capital, Washington's toxic culture is seeping in, suffocating local tradition and replacing it with the Beltway's unique contribution to American politics -- the practice of permanent, total war."
5. Administration battle over Afghan withdrawal.
"Military leaders and President Obama's civilian advisers are girding for battle over the size and pace of the planned pullout of U.S. troops from Afghanistan this summer, with the military seeking to limit a reduction in combat forces and the White House pressing for a withdrawal substantial enough to placate a war-weary electorate."
(The Washington Post)
6. Congress takes hard line on immigrants.
"Congressional Republicans are drafting legislation that would require the federal government to develop a plan to add more fencing, sensors, agents and even drones to stop every illegal entry into the United States."
(Los Angeles Times)
7. Japan pushed to expand evacuations.
"The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Japanese authorities should consider expanding the zone beyond its current 20km (12-mile) radius after high levels of radiation were detected at a village about twice that distance from the plant."
8. Assad stands firm in Syria.
"When he spoke yesterday, trying to calm a crisis that has seen more than 60 people killed in a fortnight and threatens his very office, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria did not give the impression of a man on the run."
(Robert Fisk, Independent)
9. Anti-union bill passes in Ohio.
"Setting the stage for an epic battle at the ballot this November, Republican lawmakers gave final approval yesterday to a bill that weakens collective-bargaining power for about 360,000 public-union workers."
10. Foreign investors buy African farmland.
"From Ethiopia's lowlands to the hilltops of Madagascar, hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland in the developing world are being gobbled up by investors creating super-sized farms."
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